Alpaca, Fleece, Flock Testing - SGS New Zealand

Alpaca, Fleece, Flock Testing

Accurate testing for your fleece samples.

Get convenient fleece testing of samples from individual animals for breeding selection purposes – simply pay online by credit card for:

  • Accurate fleece testing, including micron (average diameter), staple length and strength, length-diameter profile and yield
  • Quality and quantity certainty – for both the buyer and seller
  • Valuable info on how to process the efficiently
  • The ability to direct wool into suitable products
Regular price$9.50
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Tests include micron (average diameter), staple length and strength, length-diameter profile and yield.

A popular testing solution for animal owners, fleece testing helps you to improve quality. We test greasy wool samples using a variety of low-cost methods that are specifically designed for animal selection purposes.

How to understand your test results

  • Yield

    Determining the amount of clean wool (wool base), and vegetable matter contamination in a sample

  • Mean fiber diameter

    The average fineness of the wool (fiber thickness), which is a primary determinant of wool value

  • Color

    Measured as tristimulus values, and normally used to assess clean color brightness (Y value) and yellowness (Y-Z value)

  • Staple length and strength

    We use the average staple length, staple strength and position of break to assess the performance of apparel wools in the worsted processing system

  • Bulk

    This measures the fibers’ ability to fill space and also relates to resilience, which are important properties for applications such as carpets, futons, and insulation

  • Fiber curvature

    Relates to bulk, compressibility, and crimp and is cited as an influence on processing

  • Fiber diameter distribution

    Information about aspects of the diameter distribution may affect assessments of comfort and processing performance

  • Medullation

    Refers to the hollow fibers in wool and other animal fibers, which causes uneven dye uptake and adversely affects appearance in apparel wools (but may be desirable for some carpet types)

  • Conditioned mass

    Wool absorbs up to 20 percent of its weight as moisture, so invoicing is based on an agreed moisture content or regain (known as the conditioned mass)

  • Length After Carding (LAC)

    A standardized method of simulating semi-worsted processing to estimate mean fiber length after processing. Results Are expressed in Hauteur, Barbe, and length distribution statistics

Why SGS?

The SGS Wool Testing Business was established in 1962 and tests a large portion of the New Zealand clip and wool from other countries. SGS Wool Testing Services has an ISO-17025 accredited laboratory and is fully licensed by IWTO to provide IWTO Test Certificates. Independent sampling is available globally via the extensive SGS network of offices.

How to send your samples to our lab

Key Benefits

TRANSPARENCE

Provides certainty in quality and quantity for both the buyer and seller

VALUE

Gives valuable information on how to process the wool efficiently for the processor

ACCURACY

Allows wool users to direct the wool into suitable products

TRUST

Globally recognized report/certificate

How it works

Receive sampling info and sample sizes required Receive sampling info and sample sizes required
Order sampling equipment if necessary Order sampling equipment if necessary
Pay testing fees by credit card Pay testing fees by credit card
Post samples for testing to SGS in New Zealand Post samples for testing to SGS in New Zealand
Testing performed by SGS Testing performed by SGS
Electronic certificate sent to you by email Electronic certificate sent to you by email

Where our lab is located

SGS New Zealand

48, Kemp st, Kilbirnie, Wellington 6022, New Zealand

+64 4 3878565

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